It’s the beginning of the end for Captain America … or at least, the actor currently playing him.
Chris Evans, who has played the Marvel hero in eight movies to date (not including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, but including his cameos in films like Thor: The Dark World) has confirmed that he’ll be retiring from the role after Avengers 4, which hits theaters in 2019.
In a new interview with the New York Times (via Birth.Movies.Death), Evans essentially guarantees that he’s done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said. According to the article, Evans “expects that planned reshoots [for Avengers 4] in the fall will mark the end of his tenure in the familiar red, white and blue super suit.”
Of course, this news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Evans’ contract with Marvel, as his obligations end after Avengers 4, but what does this mean in terms of what happens in Infinity War and its sequel? There’s been a ton of speculation that Infinity War is going to at least partially wipe the slate clean by killing off a number of characters, and Captain America is a name at the top of everyone’s list — both because of what happens in the comics that Infinity War is based on and the fact that there are several actors waiting in the wings who could take over the Captain America mantle, such as Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie, who currently play Cap’s allies the Winter Soldier and the Falcon, respectively.
However, now that we have confirmation that Evans will be in Avengers 4, does that mean he’ll make it out of Infinity War alive? Could this just be a ruse to try to throw everyone off while Evans quietly negotiates a contract extension behind the scenes?
So many questions! In the meantime, let’s just take a moment to fully appreciate the great job Chris Evans has done in the role he’s been playing for the better part of a decade and hope that if he is reaching the end of his time with the MCU, that Infinity War and Avengers 4 give him a proper sendoff.